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The Scuola Lorenzo de'Medici, a private educational institution, has classroom buildings and offices in a renovated town villa, with fine studio space close by. Its language faculty are highly trained in teaching Italian to foreigners, and the art faculty are well known in their fields.
Program participants have the opportunity to study with Italian and International students from around the world, with Italian the common language for communication. Students may take 12-16 credits in a variety of disciplines, including one required course in Italian language, which is offered at all levels from beginning through advanced. No previous knowledge of Italian is required, and students may take classes in English or Italian, based on their level of proficiency.
Classes are small, with strong emphasis placed on student-faculty interaction. Students elect one of the following two programs: Super-Intensive Italian Language (18 credits), or Liberal Arts and Studio Art (12-16 credits with one required Italian language course or 9 credit Intensive Italian Language course plus two non-studio art courses).
The Liberal Arts and Studio Art Program, however, offers a wide range of courses in several disciplines, including Italian Language and Literature, History/Political Science, Art History, and International Business, in addition to the Studio Art classes. A 2.5 GPA is required, and official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose are necessary for admission to the program.
As a complement to the academic program, students take day trips to nearby towns and may participate in optional field trips to Rome, Siena, Assisi, and Venice, which are led by faculty from the school. Students have three options for housing: furnished apartments at a residential hotel, an independent hotel for students (double or triple accommodations), or independent housing arranged through local housing agencies. The second option is strongly recommended for students who wish to share their experience with other Italian and international students.
American University of Rome is set in the capital of Italy. Known as "The Eternal City", Rome is filled with legacies of the past, such as the Roman Forum and the Coliseum. Contemporary Rome also offers a host of activities, notably theatre. Rome is also an important center for the study of International Relations and International Business. Founded in 1969 as an independent, coeducational, four year institution, The American University of Rome is located in a beautiful villa on Rome's highest hill, The Gianicolo, on the right bank of the Tiber River. The villa has a complete range of facilities, including a library, student lounge, and computer center. Surrounded by its own garden, the campus is close to major parks in Rome. The university has an international enrollment of approximately 250 students each year, and its faculty come from leading educational, business, and government centers throughout Europe and the United States.
After 30 years of successful teaching experience in Florence, The Lorenzo de'Medici School opens a new study abroad centre in Tuscania, not far from Rome, in a suggestive and historical enivornment. The Lorenzo de'Medici School of Tuscania offers courses to students from all over the world in Italian Language, Art and Culture, allowing students to study and carry out research through an exchange between cultures. Immersed in first class natural scenery, on the edge of the Maremma area of Viterbor, Lake Bolsena and the Thyrrenium Sea, Tuscania with its numerous vestiges of the fascinating Etruscan civilization, with its important Romanic and Medievel remains, is an exclusive have which time has left untouched. Thanks to the size of the town and its geographical position, the students will live their experience in a more familiar and human environment - a dimension that is difficult to find today in the big cities - an environment that has not yet lost its curiosity for the foreigner, and expresses itself in an authentic welcoming art.
This semester-long study abroad experience allows students to retrace the steps of Greek, Etruscan, Roman, medieval and Renaissance cultures by living and studying in the three cities which embody these civilizations in all their richness and splendor: Tuscania, Rome, and either Florence or Venice. Students spend one month in each location and followed a structured program of five 3-credit courses.
Classes meet every day Monday through Thursday for two and a half hours each, providing a total of 45 contact hours per course. There are two mandatory 3-credit courses in the first center, Tuscania: an Italian language course and an introduction to the ancient civilizations of the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans.
In the second center, Rome, students take a 3-credit course on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and a second 3-credit course in Italian language and culture, which enables them to continue the study of Italian while learning about Italian culture and society today. Students choosing to complete the Three Cities experience in Florence will take a final 3-credit course entitled "Leonardo: Art and Science", whereas those completing in Venice will take a 3- credit course entitled "Venice and the East".
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